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10/03/2014 | Citizenship , 10.30 a.m. -12.30 p.m.| Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels, room JDE 70
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is drafting an own-initiative opinion on "The future EU policies in Justice and Home Affairs". Communications on these topics are expected to be published by the European Commission at the end of February 2014.

The Stockholm Programme, which has underpinned the development of policies in the fields of justice and home affairs since 2010, expires at the end of 2014. Discussions have started on what will follow. Based on input from the European Commission, the European Council is set to adopt strategic guidelines on the development of these policies, probably during the summer.

The CoR own initiative opinion will put forward the main policy elements and expectations regarding the role of local and regional authorities to be taken into consideration by the EU institutions in the development of these policies over the course of the next legislature. The timing of the opinion also allows the CoR to react to the European Commission’s communications on the Future of the EU Justice Policies and the Agenda for Home Affairs and to provide input to the June European Council. The opinion will touch upon the different strands of these policy areas, but place emphasis on some crucial topics for LRA such as, migration, mobility, asylum, fight against organised crime (trafficking corruption), fundamental rights and EU citizenship etc.

The CIVEX Commission will have an exchange views in its meeting on the 10th of February 2014 on the basis of a working document. A first discussion and adoption of the draft opinion is expected at the CIVEX meeting of 7 April 2014, and the CoR will adopt its final opinion at the plenary session on 25 and 26 June 2014.

The work of the CoR will aim to highlight the multilevel approach to the design and implementation of policies in the areas of justice and home affairs, while also underlining the needs to enhance respect for, and protection, monitoring and promotion of, the fundamental rights of people residing in the EU and to ensure the respect of the Member States' international obligations.
The rapporteur on the opinion, Ms Lotta HÅKANSSON HARJU (SE/PES), Member of Järfälla Municipal Council, together with her expert, Ms Elisabeth ABIRI, would be happy to meet with representatives of local and regional associations and other stakeholders for a consultation and an exchange of views on this opinion. For this purpose, please find enclosed on the right some questions to guide the debate on 10 March.

The consultation will take place on:
Monday 10 March 2014 between 10.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.
in the Committee of the Regions building
(Rue Belliard 99-101, B-1040 Brussels)
Room JDE 70
The rapporteur would be very keen to hear your views during the meeting on some or all of the questions below. After a short introduction by the rapporteur, stakeholders will be invited to exchange views with the rapporteur.

In addition, if you have any position papers relevant to the subject, you are welcome to send them to us by e-mail using the addresses below.
The meeting will be held in Swedish with simultaneous interpreting, allowing you to speak in English and French as well. Please note that the rapporteur's mother tongue is Swedish.
You can already register to participate in this debate to shape the rapporteur's views. For practical reasons, you are kindly asked to register your participation before 1.00 p.m. on Friday 7 March via the following link.

For more information, please contact our team:
• For the CIVEX Commission secretariat: Mr Manolis Dardoufas, Tel: +32 2 282 2502
• For stakeholder relations: Mr Peter Verlinden, Tel: +32 2 282 2170

Contact Person: Mr Manolis Dardoufas
Organizer: CIVEX Commission
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